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Port Stephens surfers, surf life savers rescue five swimmers from near drowning at Birubi Beach on New Year’s Day

‘They saved their lives’: five rescued at Birubi Beach Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley
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The Westpace Rescue Helicopter arriving at Birubi Beach to transport two people to hospital. Picture: Glen Dunkley

Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley

Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley

Scenes from the rescue. Birubi Point Surf Life Saving Club members and NSW Ambulance paramedics treating the swimmers who were saved from near drowning at Birubi Beach on January 1, 2018. Picture: Glen Dunkley

TweetFacebookFIVE swimmers narrowly avoided tragedy onNew Year’s Day after being caught in a rip at Birubi Beach, with two flown to hospital after surfers and lifesavers pulled off a mass rescue.

The group, understood to have been visiting Port Stephens,had been swimming about 1km south of the flags at the popular beach about 5pmon Monday when they found themselves in trouble.

NSW Surf Life Saving duty officer Glen Dunkley said there was no doubt that the surfers who pulled the five swimmers from the water and Birubi Point surf life savers who provided immediate assistance had saved their lives.

“Surf life savers from Birubi surf club did an amazing job to stabilise them until the ambulance and other emergency services arrived,” Mr Dunkley said.

“They undoubtedly saved two lives with their actions.

“It could have easily been a much worse outcome without the actions of these life savers.”

Mr Dunkley said luck had been on the swimmers’side.

He said it was lucky a group of local surfers spotted the distressed swimmers in the water and were experienced enough to phone triple-0 and help pull them from the water.

Luckier still was that surf life savers were still on the beach. They were packing up for the day when the call to help came in at 5.05pm.

Beach patrols end at 5pm.

Mr Dunkley said two people were pulled out of the water in a serious condition. Both were unconscious when they were helped onto the beach.

The other three were in distress but not otherwise injured.

Surf life savers from the Birubi Point club provided treatment for near drowning on the beach while waiting for ambulances and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to arrive.

The helicopter landed in the park opposite Anna Bay Public School.

It flew a 27-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl toJohn Hunter Hospital for observation.

They were both reported to be in a stable condition.

The Port Stephens incident comes after a 30-year-old man was caught in a rip and drowned atFrazer Beach on the Central Coaston New Year’s Eve.

Mr Dunkley said it was important that beach-goers swim between the flags and knew their limitations.

“Even flat surf can be dangerous,” he said.

“If you’reunsure of how to swim, then don’t risk it. Know your limitations and swim between the flags and at patrolled beaches.”

The n Lifeguard Service patrol Fingal, Birubi and One Mile beaches on weekdays. One Mile is patrolled by the ALS on weekends. NSW Surf Life Savers patrol Fingal and Birubi beaches on weekends.

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A-League: Topor-Stanley focused on Jets win rather than 250 milestone

NIKOLAI Topor-Stanley doesn’t pay too much attention tohistory and milestones.
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The only number of significance to the veteran defender is Newcastle’s position on the competition ladder.

Topor-Stanley will become the fourth player in the A-League to reach 250 games when he lines up against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday night. Danny Vukovic (278) has the most caps followed by Andrew Durante (267) and Eugene Galekovic (261).

“It is nice but it will mean nothing without the win,” Topor-Stanley said about the milestone.“Those are the compliments I’m looking for, and to put some light between us and the rest of the table and close the gapon Sydney.”

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“Boogswill be a loss,” Topor-Stanley said.“He is our leader and an experienced campaigner.It is an opportunity for someone to come in and do a job. So far when someone has gone down, the young players have stepped up and done that.”

Sydney boast an all-importfront three of Bobo, Milos Ninkovic andAdrian Mierzejewski.

Bobo has scored hat-tricks in the past two wins. Mierzejewski has netted five goals in four games and Ninkovic is the reigning A-League player of the year.

“Youhave to keep your discipline and not switch off,” Topor-Stanley said.“They are ruthless when you give them an opportunity to hurt you.”

Bobo (fifth minute) and Ninkovic (59th) both hit the target in a 2-1 win at Allianz Stadium in round seven in which theJets finished the stronger and went close to snatching an equaliser.

“Last time we played them, we were a bit too timid in the first half. We came back and really put them on the back foot in their back yard. We are looking to start like that.They have a huge array pf attacking weapons but so do we.”

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Soft start to 2018 for ASX

AFR photo Tamara Voninski. A reflection of passersby and the ASX stock board on Bridge Street in Sydney. generic stock exchange ASX investor shares portfolioThe ASX started 2018 on a softer note on Tuesday, as investors held back from adding to the previous year’s gains as they waited for clues on market direction.
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The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 3 points, or 0.1 per cent, to end the day at 6061, while the All Ordinaries lost 1 point to stand at 6166.

AMP Capital’s head of investment strategy Shane Oliver put Tuesday’s mildly weaker performance for the ASX down to a weak lead from overseas markets as they closed out the year on Friday.

“It’s a hangover from Wall Street and Europe,” he said.

The ASX’s 7 per cent rise last year was a reasonably good performance, according to Mr Oliver.

“There’s a bit of ‘where to?’ now. I suspect that this year is going to be bit more volatile.” He’s looking for the ASX to reach 6,300 by the end of 2018.

In contrast to the sharemarket, the n dollar had a better day on Tuesday, with the currency up 0.4 per cent at US78.39?? following an upbeat survey of Chinese manufacturing.

The survey was taken as a positive for continued Chinese demand for commodities and miners were some of the best performers in the ASX on Tuesday, with Rio Tinto rising 0.9 per cent to $76.50 and BHP up 0.4 per cent at $29.68.

Some of the most notable performances from the mining sector on Tuesday came from outside the biggest names, however, with Syrah Resources jumping 4.4 per cent to $4.71 and Lynas Corp higher by 2.8 per cent to $2.24.

Gold miners were particularly strong after the precious metal hit a three-month high on Friday, with Newcrest up 1.1 per cent to $23.08

Telecom Telstra also gained, rising 0.8 per cent rise to $3.66 on Tuesday.

Telecoms were some of the worst performers as a sector last year along with utilities, noted Mr Oliver. “Likewise health was at the top last year. It looks like a bit of a reversal of last year’s themes which suggests a bit of profit taking.”

Healthcare stocks losing ground included CSL, down 0.5 per cent at $140.55 and Ramsay Health Care, down 1.1 per cent at $69.32.

Banks and some of the heavyweight consumer staples stocks also dragged on the benchmark, with ANZ losing 0.7 per cent to $28.58 and Westpac down 0.3 per cent to $31.25. Stockwatch

PIlbara Minerals jumped 5.8 per cent to $1.18 on Tuesday, with the lithium and tantalum producer building on an advance of around 230 per cent since the start of September. Lithium producers have caught the attention of investors considering the investment prospects of renewable energy and electric cars in recent monts. Pilbara Minerals announced toward the end of December that it signed an offtake deal with Global Advanced Metals for the sale of 100,000 pounds of tantalum concentrates from its Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project in Western over the next two years. It also told shareholders that it remains engaged with buyers in the tantalum market and that pricing is well above previous assumptions. Oil

Oil prices had their highest January opening since 2014 on Tuesday, with Brent and WTI crude prices rising to mid-2015 highs, supported by ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia as well as strong demand. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $60.64 a barrel, up 22 cents, or 0.4 per cent, after hitting a June 2015 high of $60.68 earlier. Brent crude futures – the international benchmark for oil prices – were at $67.20 a barrel, up 33 cents, or 0.5 per cent, after hitting a May 2015 high of $67.23 a barrel earlier in the day. It was the first time since January 2014 that both crude oil benchmarks opened the year above $60 per barrel. Aussie dollar

The n dollar traded up 0.4 per cent at US78.39?? after a Caixin survey of Chinese manufacturing which showed a surprise pick-up in activity in December. In addition, a local survey showed that ‘s manufacturing sector is experiencing “marked expansion” in December, driven in part by new business from Asia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, a local survey showed. The Commonwealth Bank Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 57.1 in December, from 56.3 in November, the highest reading in a year. At the same time, the n Industry Group’s n Performance of Manufacturing Index slid 1.1 points to 56.2 points in December but still stretched its run of either expanding or stable conditions to 15 months. House prices

Sydney house prices could fall up to 10 per cent over the next two years, Corelogic head of research Tim Lawless has predicted. Corelogic’s December Home Value Index shows Sydney property values fell 0.9 per cent in December, leading a 0.3 per cent fall nationally in values, as the housing market headed into 2018 with the prospect of “lower to negative growth rates across previously strong markets”. The fall in December left national dwelling values up just 4.2 per cent in 2017 (with a median price of $549,000), well below the 5.8 per cent rise in values in 2016 and 9.2 per cent gain in 2015. Bitcoin

Bitcoin is already having a bad year. For the first time since 2015, the cryptocurrency began a new year by tumbling, extending its slide from a record $US19,511 reached on December 18. The virtual coin traded at $US13,150, down 8.1 per cent from Friday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s also a fall from the $US14,156 it hit Sunday, according to coinmarketcap苏州夜总会招聘, which tracks daily prices.Bitcoin got off to a much stronger start last year, and then kept that momentum going, eventually creating a global frenzy for cryptocurrencies. Dairy

According to Rabobank’s latest dairy quarterly report the global milk market will “confront a wave of exportable surplus” in coming months, estimated to be 3.2 billion litres higher year-on-year for the six month period from October 2017 to March 2018. “The recent growth in global milk supply, which peaked in the last quarter of 2017 with the Oceania spring peak and a return to growth in Europe, is taking its toll on global commodity prices,” Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey said. “Supply growth is emerging as the biggest risk for global dairy markets”, he added, with the entire dairy complex witnessing weakness.

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Double trouble: Brumbies twins to add backyard battle spice to selection

Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Fisher measures up against twins Richie and Rory Arnold. Photo: Sitthixay DitthavongIf the Arnold backyard battles are any indication, the ACT Brumbies second-rowers better prepare to spill blood in 2018.
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Brothers Rory and Richie Arnold will renew a 27-year rivalry when the 208 centimetre identical twins team up for the first time in six years when they compete for the same spot at the ACT Brumbies.

The good news is their mum and dad won’t have to play favourites after Richie joined Rory in Canberra after the demise of the Western Force.

The bad news, for the other Brumbies locks at least, is that they have no intention of showing brotherly love at training and will draw on years of backyard cricket bust ups for extra motivation.

“I would always get him out with electric wicket-keeper, but he’d never walk. There’s been some good [fights], that’s for sure,”Richie said with a grin before Rory jumps in.

“Everything always started off pretty friendly. But it didn’t take long before we were steaming in to bowl bouncers at each other,” Rory said.

“Not long after that there were the punch-ons for whatever reasons. It was pretty brutal. But it was just what brothers did and we were back out there playing again the next day.

“We didn’t think we would be here together, and thinking about how far we’ve come. I can’t wait until the New Year for when I can get out there and do some training with him.”

The Arnolds have walked very different paths since they were plucked from the pub by a club rugby team in Murwillumbah in 2010 to start their Super Rugby journeys.

Rory was recruited to the Brumbies and made his Wallabies debut two years ago, but injury delayed Richie’s rise before playing his first game for the Force this year.

The n rugby axing debacle opened the door for them to team up in Canberra, creating the confusing nightmare for commentators, fans and even Brumbies coaches.

When Brumbies coaches thought they saw Rory, who is recovering from a thigh injury, run out for full-contact training they had to intervene to make sure he had been cleared by medical staff.

“But it was Richie. He got a haircut a couple of days before that and they thought I was out there when I wasn’t supposed to be,” Rory said.

Rory reckons the brothers are easy to tell apart because, “I’ve packed more scrums than him, so he looks taller. That’s what the boys are saying anyway.”

But when Richie was in Fiji earlier this year for a National Rugby Championship game and the locals thought he was Rory, he went along with it.

“They all said: ‘You’re Rory Arnold, Wallabies player’. I just smiled and went along with it and got some photos,” Richie said.

Richie’s arrival at the Brumbies has added spice to an already intense battle for lock spots in the starting side for next year.

Rory and Brumbies skipper Sam Carter were the regular starters this year, while back-up Blake Enever made his Wallabies debut on the end of year spring tour of Europe.

Add Richie and young gun Darcy Swain to the mix and all of a sudden new Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has a second-row selection headache.

Rory is expected to return to full training duties in January after having surgery to repair his injured thigh, which was first diagnosed as a knee injury and prematurely ended his Wallabies season.

Richie has already thrown himself into Brumbies preparations and is hoping to make a name for himself, admitting he never thought it was possible he and his twin brother would be professional athletes.

“I was a bit of a mess when I finished school, I think I was 208 centimetres and 135 kilograms,” Richie said.

“Seeing Rory go well and how fast he climbed the ranks definitely fuelled the fire. I’m excited to be in Canberra, we’ve got some good depth at lock so I think that’s only going to be a good thing.

“Back when we were in the pub, I thought Rory was talking trash when he said he was going to play rugby when the guys asked him to.

“A few weeks later we went down to training and now here we are. It’s pretty crazy.”

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The pub with no roof: storm rips through north coast

A massive storm has ripped through several northern NSW towns, tearing the roof off one iconic pub and several other buildings, as thunderstorms brought “golf ball-sized hail” to the Blue Mountains.
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Wind and rain caused significant damage in Maclean, on the banks of the Clarence River, after it hit about 1.30pm on Tuesday, the State Emergency Service said.

The tin roof of the town’s iconic Clarence Hotel in River Street was ripped off the pub and flung onto a nearby street.

A State Emergency Service spokeswoman said the town’s showground and several council buildings had also suffered roof damage.

The local SES headquarters also had its doors blown in as the organisation fielded more than 60 calls for assistance for downed trees and power outages.

Neighbouring SES crews as well the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW had been called in to help.

The spokeswoman said the storm lasted for about 15 minutes before hitting the nearby town of Yamba.

A severe thunderstorm warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology remained in place at 4pm, warning of damaging winds, heavy rainfall that might lead to localised flooding and large hailstones over the next few hours.

The severe thunderstorm warning issued at 4.20pm. Photo: Bureau of Meterology

Scattered storms spread down the east coast of NSW and reached parts of western Sydney and the Shoalhaven region.

In a severe thunderstorm warning issued at 5.35pm on Tuesday, the Bureau said “severe thunderstorms” were detected on the weather radar near Richmond, Camden, Kangaroo Valley, Lake Burragorang, the Burragorang State Recreation Area and Oakdale, moving towards the northeast to southeast.

The storms were forecast to impact Narellan, Oran Park, Colo, the Wollemi National Park north of Kurrajong, Bringelly, Leppington, Menangle and Picton.

Earlier suburbs forecast to be in the storm’s path were Horsley Park, Hoxton Park, Riverstone, Fitzroy Falls, Erskine Park, Fairfield, Glenorie, Leppington, Liverpool and Karuah.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported at Bullaburra in the Blue Mountains at about 3.50pm, the Bureau said.

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The Daily Examiner in Grafton reports that the storm had earlier passed through the town, causing localised flooding and long delays for motorists.

A fallen tree across Hillcrest Road has blocked the main entrance to Townsend, Gulmarrad and Brooms Head, the newspaper said.

The damage followed a nasty hailstorm on the mid-north coast on Monday, where two aged care facilities at Laurieton and Kempsey suffered roof and skylight damage.

The SES received 55 calls for assistance in and around Laurieton following hail damage. /**/

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